Series: Witch City Mystery, #3
Published by Kensington Books on October 27, 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 352 pages
Sexual Content: Kissing
Reviewed by: Kristina
In Salem, Massachusetts, there are secret everywhere--even in the furniture. . .
When Lee Barrett spots the same style oak bureau she once had as a child on the WICH-TV show, Shopping Salem, she rushes to the antiques shop and buys the piece. Just like the beloved bureau she lost in a fire, this one has secret compartments. It also comes with an intriguing history--it was purchased in an estate sale from a home where a famous local murder took place.
The day after the bureau is delivered, Lee returns to the antiques shop and finds the owner dead. The police suspect the shop owner's unscrupulous business partner, but Lee wonders if the murder is connected to her new furniture. At least part of the answer may be revealed through a mirror in the bureau, tarnished and blackened, allowing Lee to tap into her psychic visions. Using this bureau of investigation, Lee may be able to furnish her policeman beau with the evidence needed to catch the killer--before the next one to be shut up is her. . .
I tend to like reading mysteries and ones with an infusion of magic are even better. Unfortunately, I felt like I was forcing myself to finish LOOK BOTH WAYS. It had a lot of good elements to it including a murder to solve, hidden diamonds, and lots of suspects to choose from to make it a fun whodunit. The story seemed to focus so much on the mundane day to day tasks that I started to lose interest. There were so many small elements and odd conversations that distracted from the actual murder mystery. Also, there was a ton of repetition of events. A character would do something and them explain what happened to two other people and have two separate discussions about said same event. Since there was so much repetition I felt like nothing happened until maybe the last few chapters.
On the magic front...well there wasn't too much. Lee is a scryer and sees visions, her friend reads tarot cards, there's a coven, and her cat is mysteriously smarter than the average cat. Now that would seem like a pretty nice set up for a witch who solves mysteries using her visions with the help of her friends. Except there wasn't too much magic and the visions Lee did have were really boring and so vague I was amazed at how she could figure it all out. There were long stretches of times where I almost forgot that this series had 'witch' in the title.
The ending did get some more magic once the bad guy being caught which was good and I wish we got more of that earlier in the book. LOOK BOTH WAYS had potential to be a light magical mystery story and in the end it felt like work to get through it.Series Titles:
- Caught Dead Handed
- Tails, You Lose